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1 Harnessing New Robotics Technologies for Job Creation Raj Madhavan, Ph.D. Vice President, IEEE- RAS Industrial Activities Board Institute for Systems Research & Maryland Robotics Center University of Maryland, College Park.

2 Robots and Humanity Robotics Revolution & Quality of Life Q: "What emerging technology today do you think will cause another big stir for the average consumer in the same way that the home computer did years ago? A: Robots, pervasive screens, speech interaction will all change the way we look at "computers". Once seeing, hearing, and reading (including handwriting) work very well you will interact in new ways. – Bill Gates (Feb. 2013)

3 Robots & Jobs Increasingly part of the national conversation – Q1: Would we rather put humans in harms way and commit them to the so-called dull, dirty, dangerous jobs? – Q2: Would we rather lose a few jobs (temporarily) or shut entire industries down (permanently)? – Q3: Would we rather relinquish our position as a technology leader and be left behind Europe and Asia?

4 President: Prof. David Orin (OSU) IEEE Robotics & Automation Society!

5 IEEE The worlds largest technical professional association fostering technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity –More than 400,000 members –Includes 100,000 student members –More than 150 countries Organized into 10 geographical regions –330 sections –~1900 student branches –~2000 chapters

6 IEEE Composed of 10 technical divisions –Technical areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers, and control systems to electron devices, power & energy, and signal processing –38 societies and 7 technical councils –Robotics and Automation Society in Division X

7 Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) RAS has more than members in 110 countries –Roughly half in the Americas –A quarter in Europe and the Middle East –A quarter in Asia and Oceania Undergraduate students make up about 15% of the RAS membership ICRA 2010 Anchorage, Alaska

8 RAS Technical Field of Interest The Society is interested in both applied and theoretical issues in robotics and automation. Robotics: include intelligent machines and systems used, for example, in space exploration, human services, or manufacturing Automation: use of automated methods in various applications, for example, factory, office, home, or transportation systems to improve performance and productivity. KAIST Hubo RST PenelopeCS ABB FRIDA iRobot PackBot

9 What Does RAS Do? RAS fosters research and education, professional development and industrial and commercial applications of R&A through: – Conferences – Workshops and tutorials – Publications – Technical committees – Local and student chapters – Summer schools – Other activities

10 Industrial Activities Industry Forum at ICRA Standards – help drive industry forward and develop new products Technology Watch and Industrial Activities columns –Robotics and Automation Magazine IEEE/IFR Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation –Co-sponsored by International Federation of Robotics –Case studies in innovation and entrepreneurship –IERA Award – $2000 KIVA Mobile Fulfillment System 2008 iRobot Roomba Floorvac 2005 (first award)

11 Speakers & Titles Jeff Burnstein, President, Association for Advancing Automation Robots Save and Create Jobs Mitchell Weiss, Chief Operating Officer, Seegrid Robots: Creating Jobs by Unlocking Value David Bourne, Principal Systems Scientist, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University Robots and People Can Work Faster Together


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